161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking by being a source, transit, or destination.
Reports indicate that people are trafficked from 127 countries to be exploited in 137 countries.
It may be "the world's oldest profession", but for those who are abducted and held captive, duped, sold or otherwise forced into prostitution, it is nothing more than sex slavery.
This industry is not confined to any particular geographic region, culture, or race of peoples but happens everywhere on the globe. This is perhaps why the trade in humans has been called "the dark side of globalization." Nepalese girls are lured to India with false promises of employment just as their Mexican sisters are smuggled into the U.S. Eastern European girls fall prey to the Russian mob while poor Thai children are sold to brothels to pay off debts and Zambian girls are secretly transported to Botswana. American girls are not necessarily safe either: a recent lawsuit by a former Miss USA contained serious allegations of models being falsely lured into forced sexual captivity by the Sultan of Brunei (whose diplomatic immunity completely protected him from justifying his blunt denial).
In addition to the organized crime rings, individual criminals, corrupt family members that sell or otherwise force women into sexual service, there are the horrific military campaigns in which rape and slavery are used as tactics of warfare and encouraged by army leaders. In the Sudan, young women and children are considered the most profitable war bounty. And Japan has been reluctant to acknowledge its dark legacy of the thousands of "comfort women" held as sexual prisoners during World War II.
But the tacit acceptance of rape and sexual enslavement in war, and otherwise, is coming under increasing international scrutiny and criticism, as suggested by the February 2001 verdict of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which stated that these atrocities are indeed crimes against humanity.
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